How I See God’s Love Differently This Christmas

An Advent Reflection on Philippians 2:6-8

This Christmas the story of Jesus tangibly tends my heart as I nurse my baby girl while sitting on the hay-colored carpet, shadows cast from a dim corner lamp.

I marvel at the simplicity of God-as-baby. I picture Mary staring at her son’s face in the shadows of the starlight, His fingers thin like strands of hay, His head no larger than her palm. I imagine her staring at her child and soaking in the curvature of His ears, the sound of his breath against her chest, and the dimple on his chin.

He entered the world the same way as His creation: naked and needy.

How I See God's Love Differently This Christmas

The Word humbled Himself to wordlessness that Christmas eve.

Is this our Messiah? The Lord? But He’s so small. So vulnerable.

As I kiss the smooth and tender cheek of my gift from God, I recognize my baby girl’s dependance on me for everything. Feeding. Warmth. Consoling. Safety. Then I think about the Lord.

The all-powerful, all-knowing, majestic Lord—clothed in light—and through whom every needle on our Christmas tree was made, humbled Himself to the extreme by taking the form of an infant.

Christ placed aside infinite power to become an infant—Immanuel, God with us.

Humility. Gift.

I see these truths in the teeny bundle I cradle as I type this post with one hand. She is a gift. Her body humbly releases herself to my arms. I imagine Jesus nestled into His mother’s elbow like my Karis.

Boys and Baby Karis

My Sons and Baby Girl

Yes, the Christmas story is about cute baby Jesus, but it is more importantly about God’s great love.

Philippians 2:6-8

(Jesus) Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

 

How great the Father’s love for us that He offered Himself, His Son, and brought Him to us as a baby.

The true story of Christmas—the telling of the God of the Universe made baby to grow and die for our sins—is the best gift of this season.

God’s infinite love and grace appeared at Christmas—as a baby.

May you ponder His great love as you sip hot chocolate or care for the littles in your life.


How about you? What reminds you about God’s love and grace during the holidays? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

PRAY

God, Your love is more extravagant than any earthly gift. Thank You for Jesus. Thank you for grace and forgiveness. Please help me see You more deeply this year than usual. And help me not get lost in the activity of the season, but to worship You. In Jesus’s name, AMEN.

 

* indicates required